Genting Cruise Lines (GCL), which will resume sailings from Singapore on 6 November, has unveiled plans to add more jobs and educational partnerships to the local market.
Such a move will enable GCL to soften the pandemic's blow on job losses in the local economy, said Michael Goh, president of Dream Cruises and head of international sales, Genting Cruise Lines. Focus will be placed on hiring local talent, he added.
This also marks a departure from the pre-Covid days, when a booming tourism economy meant it was “difficult to recruit Singaporeans, who have many opportunities in the leisure and hospitality industry, and cruise lines traditionally tended to use international crew,” Goh observed.
According to the cruise line head, international cruise crew typically work for 11 months on board with a one-month vacation. But with shorter sailings in the initial resumption of the cruise industry, Singaporeans joining as crew will be looking at shorter work arrangements that could allow them to see their families frequently.
“This will make it very attractive for Singaporeans who have lost their jobs in the travel industry during this pandemic,” said Goh.
The ship picked for cruise's restart is World Dream, GCL’s latest vessel to homeport in Singapore. The 18-deck vessel will become the playground for Singapore residents onboard their two-or-three night ‘Super Seacation’ stays, which coincidentally falls within the typical school holidays season.
The plan will see GCL looking to fill over 100 jobs on World Dream, including marine officers, cruise operations staff, galley chefs, media technicians, various hotel and hospitality staff and cruise ambassadors.
Speaking on GCL’s long-term vision to revive sea-faring opportunities and cultivate local cruise talents, the cruise company has also signed a MoU with Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic and the Institute of Technical Education. These agreements will birth learning projects, internship programmes and other joint activities for students and graduates keen to explore a career in the cruise and tourism related sector.
“World Dream’s debut in Singapore and her new itineraries will be a win-win situation for the local workforce and for Genting Cruise Lines as we are providing new career opportunities during these challenging times and for the future," said Goh.
“Genting Cruise Lines is proud to play a part in helping Singapore on its road to recovery.”